J.L. Lomax Elementary School Receives $10,000 Grant From Goody's

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"You come out here every Friday and you pick some vegetables and you get to take them home," says student Jamira Thomas.

The school is one of 50 that have been awarded with a 10,000 dollar grant as part of Goody's Good Deeds For Schools program.

The students erupted into applause when they heard the news.

"Giving back to the community, letting everyone know that hey we are a part of the community. We are the community and it's a way of giving back and letting everyone know, hey Goodies cares about our families and communities right now," says Alex Thomas of Goody's.

Teachers involved with the outdoor classroom say the money will help it grow, literally.

"For me, it's just the smiles on the children's faces, as they get to dig in the earth and realize that plants actually do just come from seeds and not necessarily from Walmart," says science teacher Susan Roberson.

"They're amazed to see what comes up and out of the ground because most of them see vegetables in the grocery store and they don't know that vegetables come the way they come out of the ground," says science teacher Jennifer Lukens.

School officials say the money will go towards buying more garden tools and and planting flowers to attract butterflies.

WCTV is a partner in this program and is proud to honor the school.